The 1787 Constitutional Convention – More Debate About Representation

a570af34_optJuly 9, 1787


The topic of the day was how to apportion representation. The passing vote today was one which allowed “the Legislature to alter the number from time to time according to wealth and inhabitants.”

Influences on the Delegates

I can’t point to much specific today. The delegates again discussed the representation of slaves. Some believed there should be no representation since they had no citizenship or rights. It is always surprising to me to read the arguments of delegates, such as Morris, who believed wealth and property should be considered in how to apportion representation in the legislature. Apparently, the delegates did not take into account the book of James from the New Testament.

1787 Constitutional Convention Series

To read my series examining the proceedings of the Constitution Convention, click here.  In this series, I am writing about any obvious influences on the development of the Constitution which were mentioned by the delegates to the Convention. Specifically, I am testing David Barton’s claim that “every clause” of the Constitution is based on biblical principles. Thus far, I have found nothing supporting the claim. However, stay tuned, the series will run until mid-September.
Constitutional Convention Series (click the link)
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